Music and mayhem

PUBLISHED: 17:23 05 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:24 05 December 2013

Cherry and Emma

Cherry and Emma


New Warwickshire Life bloggers, Cherry and Emma, take to the town for a live music event, showcasing local musicians, shandy and peanuts.

Cherry and EmmaCherry and Emma

I’m Cherry - a local girl that loves the near perfect balance of town and country in Warwickshire – lots of bracing walks and stunning countryside but never too far away from some great shops, cafes and nightlife. In my spare time I’m writing a novel or two, am a keen photographer, am very proud of my veggie patch, I surf when I can and love to potter around with my cat, Miss Pickles.

My accomplice Emma is originally from Hertfordshire ‘down south’ and loves Warwickshire’s rich history, friendly people and most importantly the abundance of wonderful coffee shops, which make it such a lovely place to live and work. When she’s not ‘working’ with Cherry, she spends her time walking her two dogs over various fields as well as writing her second novel, dabbling in a bit of singing and song writing and baking and eating cake! Together the girls present a radio show, make short films and scribble a bit of comedy.

When we’re not interviewing some of Warwickshire’s finest creatives and visiting local events for a local radio stations we do love a good slab of cake - all in the name of journalism of course, we have to keep our strength up! Most importantly we are great friends, which comes in particularly handy when we are out and about - even if it does mean we are constantly (or not!) stifling giggles on air. It’s a joy to share the fun with each other.

Fortified by said cake we made our way to the annual music event recently where some great local talent were playing. Fuelled further by half a pint of shandy each and a bowl of peanuts, we took our seats near the front of the stage to first listen to the excellent singer/songwriter ‘Huffy’ who reminded us of a young Billy Bragg. He paved the way nicely for a bit of poetry reading from Clay Lowe, taken from his book ‘A thousand bullets gone astray’, which certainly went down well with the crowd. Who knew poetry could illicit such applause.

We were then given the honour of introducing an act (that was brave of the organisers!) called Belle Harmonie. They are a sweet, young vocal girl group from Warwickshire, with splendid harmonies, which surely accounts for their name. The girls have recently won a local talent competition and are surely going places. First stop Warwickshire, next step the world!

Having done a sterling job of introducing Belle Harmonie, we introduced a second act, a mighty fine band whose name we couldn’t get right on the night. Lurching from calling them Fusilli (as in the pasta) to Fusion, we finally got it right…we introduced them correctly as Fusiates (few-zee-ates). They were refreshingly brilliant. The beautiful tones of the female singer’s voice mixed with the supremely talented beat-boxing of the band’s Cozmo, made them unique; they were a delight. Also catching our attention were local group, Duke. Lovely chaps with lovely hair and dapper clothes, wonderful. To top off the evening, the organisers slammed on some tunes which gave us no choice but to put down the peanuts and fling ourselves around the dance floor like women possessed. It was probably no coincidence then, that having barely broken a sweat, the music died and the lights came up (always a frightening experience). Alas, our evening was over and we disappeared into the cold winter night with a warm glow from a great time spent with some super local talent.

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